What is Lockdown Mode and why does Apple recommend it after “state-sponsored attackers” alert?

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Source: The post is based on the article “What is Lockdown Mode and why does Apple recommend it after “state-sponsored attackers” alert?” published in “Indian Express” on 1st November 2023

Why in the News?

Multiple opposition leaders and a few journalists have reported receiving a notification from Apple about “state-sponsored attackers” remotely trying to compromise their iPhones.

Apple has advised them on adopting protective measures such as activating the ‘Lockdown Mode’ feature on their iPhones for added security.

What is Lockdown Mode?

Lockdown Mode is a special feature that Apple introduced in its latest software updates.

Purpose: It protects users from sophisticated spyware attacks that could compromise their devices and data.

Security Functions: When you activate Lockdown Mode, your device will enter a state of high security, where many of the usual functions will be restricted or disabled. 

– For example, you won’t be able to send or receive attachments, links, or link previews in messages, to prevent attackers from accessing your personal information.

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